Harrison's Nursery Tour

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

I know it's taken me (what feels like) forever to get around to sharing Harrison's nursery, but that's because it didn't feel finished and it still doesn't feel finished.  But I think it's as good as it's going to get right now!

Because we pursued adoption and knew that it could move quickly, I wanted to have a nursery ready as soon as possible.  I knew it would have to be gender neutral, and I found creating a gender neutral nursery much harder than I thought it would be.  I searched Pinterest for ideas and basically almost all gender neutral nurseries are either farmhouse style (which is not my style at all) or modern/minimalistic--again, not my style.  I knew I needed to come up with my own design--but on a budget 😁

My favorite color is blue so I decided I wanted really pale, pastel blue walls with all white furniture.  Then if we matched with a boy, it would be easy to style it for a boy, or if we matched with a girl, I would add in light pinks.

The first thing that went wrong was the paint.  I picked out a color from Sherwin Williams (can't remember the name) and had them cut it down to 50%.  My mom helped me paint and when we opened up the can, it was the most beautiful shade of pale blue......until it dried on the walls.  It was so much darker than I had intended it to be.  We painted the first coat and decided I would sleep on whether or not I was going back to the paint store to get a lighter shade.  I ended up deciding to keep the color and figured I would repaint if we were matched with a girl.

Because I was on a strict budget, I didn't want to buy a cheaply made glider that wouldn't last long and we weren't in the place to spend a lot of money on a quality one.  I found the one we have at my friend's consignment sale and it was custom from a very expensive local baby store.  The only problem--it was gray.....a color I don't like.  I think I sat in the glider for 30 minutes contemplating whether or not I should buy it.  It was excellent quality at a good price but it was a color I hated and didn't want in the nursery.  I ended up buying it, and I'm glad I did because it's so comfortable and doesn't look bad in his room.

That's a little background before seeing his nursery.  Like I said, it's not finished--I probably want to add shelves on either side of his window--but I am ready to share it.

Come on in!
 This is the view from the doorway.  I'd like to have a rug, but that's low on the priority list.

 Pictures are from Harrison's 2 week session when my sister drove to San Antonio to take his pictures!

 We announced our adoption holding a gown with a lamb on it, so a lamb felt symbolic!

 I had to include the top left picture because Harrison was crying during pictures and he's holding Dustin's finger.

I've got to add pictures in those frames!

A Low-Key Father's Day Weekend

Monday, June 17, 2019

This was such a low-key, relaxing weekend and I enjoyed it so much!!  With Dustin's work schedule, he works two weekends a month and is off two weekends a month.  A weekend for him is Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, so it's great for me during the summer because I love having three days with him in a row!

Friday morning I went with a friend to the mall while she shopped and Dustin took Harrison with him to run errands.  It was so nice for me to go with a friend and not worry about feeding on time or finding a bathroom with a changing table or a fussy baby 😜  But after a few hours, I was ready to get back to my baby!

Friday evening, Dustin and I went to see Aladdin (which we both enjoyed!!) and Harrison stayed with my aunt.  We lived next door to my aunt growing up and I loved staying at her house, so I know Harrison is going to be the same way!  

Saturday morning Dustin and I spent a good bit of time playing and talking to Harrison.  He's really started babbling a lot more and it's the sweetest sound ever!  I also came across an outfit I had bought this past winter and it's one of my favorites.  Because Harrison was born premature and was SO tiny, this little outfit was too big!  He now fits into it, but it's obviously way too hot for it so I snapped a few pictures of him in it to remember it by ha!  And you'll see that he was too busy "talking" to sit still for a picture.

(Outfit is Kissy Kissy--one of my favorite brands!)

Harrison and I ran a few errands while Dustin did yard work, and we came home to this...

Apparently he was pressure washing behind the garbage cans.

Sunday morning we surprised Dustin with a few gifts (after letting him sleep in) and then we went to church.  We did lunch with my dad and then Dustin watched college baseball--which is exactly what he wanted to do!

 (outfit from The Beaufort Bonnet Company!)

 Picture break while a peach cobbler was baking

Harrison during the Auburn vs Miss State baseball game 😂

My Current Makeup Routine + a Video!

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

I have been meaning to do this post for a very long time!  I love finding out about new makeup products and trying new things.  I feel like I currently use a lot of products and one day I know I'll use less, but I do like the look these products create.

I did include a video clip at the end just explaining the order of my products and how I apply them.  It's a very unprofessional video (as in, I don't even have anything to hold my phone up ha), but I thought it might be helpful!

1. Primer
5. Powder
10. Mascara
11. Blush

And I've included this video to explain in detail, so don't judge!! 😂

High Hopes for a Monday...and then Real Life :)

Monday, June 10, 2019

Excuse me if I look like this today.  

I had high hopes of doing a blog post about my makeup this weekend to publish today, but it's just been one of those weekends, ya know?!

Harrison ran a slight fever Friday night into Saturday, so he didn't feel great.  Last night he slept in his crib for the first time at night (he's been napping in his crib).  Let's just say, I'll probably have a spark or coffee in my hand all day today--we were awake more last night than when he was a newborn haha!

So check back on Wednesday for my makeup post because I've been wanting to do one for a long time!!

Have a wonderful week!

Friday Faves!!

Friday, June 7, 2019

Happy Friday!!  I cannot believe it's already Friday again--the weeks move so quickly when it's summertime 😜😂

Today, I'm sharing some FAVORITES with you!

I finished reading this book yesterday and it is the cutest!!!  It kept my attention the whole time and had the best plot.  Olive's sister is marrying Ethan's brother and Olive and Ethan are the only ones who don't get sick from the seafood buffet at the reception.  Because of that, they get to go on their siblings' honeymoon--the only thing is that they hate each other and have to pretend to be newlyweds.  If you need something lighthearted and fun, read this book!!

I LOVED Harrison in this sunsuit from Shrimp and Grits Kids!!  It's a little big, so he'll get to wear it all summer long.  I skipped having them monogram it, and my friend Kristi (who has a monogramming business) did it for me!

 My simple joys post has become a new favorite for me to write because it makes me stop and think about the little things that bring me joy.

 I had an all day workshop on Wednesday, and Dustin was off work so Harrison stayed with him.  Something must have clicked for Harrison because he started raising up his head really high and rolling over!!!  He's always cried after a few minutes on the ground, so I was so surprised when Dustin sent me a video of Harrison rolling over while I was at my workshop.  I was so proud of him that I cried!  Yesterday he rolled over like crazy and I love watching him!

And when we get done with tummy time, we play on our play mat and it's become Harrison's new favorite!  Also, Harrison's pajamas are MY favorite and I'm going to be so sad when he grows out of them!!

Simple Joys no. 3

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Happy Thursday!!  

I'm back today with another installment of Simple Joys.  I really love doing these posts because it forces me to think about the small things that bring me joy, and that can really put things into perspective when you're having a bad day.

As always, please share your Simple Joys in the comments!

-reading a good book (I'm halfway through this one and it's hilarious!!)
-making a new recipe and it turning out perfectly!
-following news on the Royal Family
-Christmas movies

Weekend Review!

Monday, June 3, 2019

Happy Monday!!!  This weekend was filled with both relaxation and busyness and it was perfect!

 Dustin and I started out Friday night with a date night to Taco Mama.  It's a chain that we (or me?) absolutely love.  This time I got nachos and a skinny marg and it was so good!  Dustin got his usual burrito order with a flavored marg.  Sadly, we didn't get a picture together--#newparentlife? ha!  My dress is from last summer, but this is this summer's print!!

Saturday morning Harrison woke up at 5am (😩), so I got up with him.  After his bottle, we both fell back asleep on the couch until 8 haha!

 Then Dustin and I both exercised separately while the other person stayed with Harrison.  Then I got Harrison ready for running errands with me and died laughing when I put this hat on him.  I bought this little playsuit and hat from a Facebook group.

We stayed pretty chill Saturday night--Harrison had a bath, we ordered pizza, and Dustin watched Alabama softball while I read my book for my June book club meeting.

(It was The Lying Game by Ruth Ware and I hated every moment of it haha!!  I hate thrillers, so it was torture for me to read it.)

Sunday morning we went to church and took Harrison to the nursery for the first time ever.  Up until now, we've just kept Harrison in the service with us and he's either slept in his carseat or we've held him.   Now that's he's turned 3 months, I felt like I was ready to take him to the nursery.  Of course he did great and I only worried a little during the service ha!

Harrison is wearing a sunsuit from Shrimp and Grits Kids!

We went out to lunch after and then Harrison napped at home while I did a little laundry.  Sunday was a lazy day for us at home.  Later that evening, I got together with some girls from church and we watched the season finale of When Calls the Heart.  My friend Emily made Canadian snacks for us to eat while we watched.  If you watch WCTH, please tell me what you thought about the finale and about how they handled Abigail's leave!!

Friday Faves!

Friday, May 31, 2019

Happy Friday!!!  Today's post is short and sweet because I've got to get outside and go exercise!

Back at the beginning of May, I asked on IG for recommendations for tinted moisturizers with spf.  I don't wear make up a ton in the summer unless I'm going somewhere nice (aka dinner or church) so I wanted something to give me a little color/smoothness and that had spf because that is so important to me now.

I've used this a handful of times and love it!!  It's great especially if you have combination skin and it literally feels like silk going on--it's the softest!!  I got the color light and it matches perfectly.  I know it's technically a tinted primer (so you can also use it under your make up), but the girl at Sephora assured me it's perfect as a tinted moisturizer and it has been!

I received a package in the mail from a sweet blog reader in Scotland (Hi, Madeleine!!) with a local issue celebrating Archie's birth--loved it!!!  And she included Scottish candies for me to taste, too!  That's definitely my favorite package of the month!

That's it for today!  I'm headed outside to go run.  I hope y'all have a great weekend and I'll see y'all back on Monday!

What's Up Wednesday (on a Thursday!)

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Hey y'all!  I'm a day late on the What's Up Wednesday....oops!  Tuesday was a really long and busy day, so I went to bed as soon as I put Harrison down Tuesday night.  This is one of my favorite posts, so I wanted to make sure I participated--can't wait to read everyone's!

What we're eating this week...
Monday we grilled chicken and steak kabobs.  
Tuesday we had brunch at a new to us place, Another Broken Egg Cafe.  It was great!
Wednesday, we fended for ourselves for supper.
Tonight, I'm making sloppy joes.

What I'm reminiscing about...
I was looking back at pictures of Harrison the other day and wanted to cry realizing how big he's gotten!!  This was taken in Texas when we first got to bring him "home" from the NICU. Those preemie pjs were a little loose on him and now he's growing out of some 0-3m clothing now 😩

What I'm loving...
being home for the summer!!!  I know I only went back to work for 3 weeks, but I missed Harrison so much during those 3 weeks.  He was cared for by our family, so I know he was in great hands--but I still missed him.

What we've been up to...
 A little time at the ball field with friends watching Daddy play softball

 Going to school with Mom on her last day

 Then visiting Babs in her classroom!

 We went out to eat one night and a band was setting up to play...both are people watchers, apparently haha!

 We're taking walks (and trying to stay cool!)

And taking naps!

What I'm dreading...
Just dealing with the heat.  It's already been so hot in May that I dread the rest of the summer

What I'm working on...
Trying to figure out a consistent workout schedule??  

What I'm excited about...
Creating our own schedule for the summer

What I'm watching/reading...
I'm watching lots of Hallmark and reality tv and reading this book for my book club meeting in June!!

What I'm listening to...
A new podcast!!!  I don't know how I came across it, but I've started to listen to The Nash Chat.  The host has had guests from Southern Living, the etiquette person from The Plaza Hotel, and others on her podcast and I've really enjoyed it!

What I'm wearing...
Nothing fancy around here these days--
 Either something casual like these shorts (my fave!!) and a t-shirt (this one if from college ha)

or something that is still comfy but looks nice.  A basic (but not so basic) white button downfavorite jeans (ON SALE!!!), and favorite sandals.  I had always heard people say these sandals were so comfortable and then I got a pair and realized they really are!

What I'm doing this weekend...
Dustin and I have a date night Friday night, nothing planned right now for Saturday, and family pictures Sunday after church.

What I'm looking forward to next month...
Basically the same as what I've been enjoying right now--my own schedule and time with Harrison

What else is new...
Nothing?  I know that's not exciting but it's life right now haha!

Harrison is THREE Months Old!!

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Yesterday Harrison turned THREE MONTHS OLD!!!  I cannot believe that we've been parents for just three months.  Sometimes I feel like he's always been in our lives.  

Harrison really is the best baby.  Dustin and I are pretty laid back people and Harrison is turning out to be the most chill baby 😊

He loves...
-holding his head up and looking around
-ceiling fans and light fixtures (still)
-being held in a position where he can see everything
-trying to "talk" to us

He doesn't love...
-having anything rubbed on his face
-not having anyone to look at in a room
-lotion on his body

I am so looking forward to having the whole summer off with Harrison.  His little personality is developing more and more each day, and it's so much fun to watch.  Dustin and I are so enthralled with everything he does!!

Here are a few pictures from his third month of life 😃

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